NEWARK—The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host "Diversity Strategies and Leveraging an Untapped Market," an event that examines diversity in the architecture profession, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark during National Architecture Week.

The event, which will be held on April 11 at 6 p.m. in the NJIT School of Architecture building, will be an open discussion for AIA members and their employees. The discussion will be led by local women and minority organization leaders.

About 3 percent of executives in major corporations—including architecture firms—are women, according to McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management. Only about 2 percent of registered architects are black, according to the Directory of African American Architects, a public service that identifies black architects.

The diversity strategies event is being held during National Architecture Week, April 8 to 14, as a means of showcasing the positive role architects play in their local communities and highlighting the power of design.